First Quarter Carries Cards to Upset Over No. 11 Scranton

First Quarter Carries Cards to Upset Over No. 11 Scranton

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's basketball team jumped out to a 21-8 lead after the first quarter and held off three attempts by No. 11 Scranton to take the lead in the final minute en route to a 65-62 victory Saturday at Franny Murray Court.

The Cardinals (12-3, 3-1 LC) posted their second-straight win over their nationally-ranked rivals after a 59-50 victory over the sixth-ranked Royals at home on Feb. 2, 2019.

The win was also the second-straight win at home for Catholic over a nationally-ranked opponent after it posted a 56-51 victory over No. 14 Marymount (VA) in the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic on January 5.

Sophomore Amanda Johnson led the Cardinals with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while senior Sydney Poindexter added 11 points, three rebounds and four blocks.

Scranton (12-3, 2-2 LC) pulled within one, 63-62, with 1:36 remaining before a turnover gave the Royals their first attempt to take their first lead since 9:17 mark of the first quarter.

Both teams forced turnovers on the next two possessions before a defensive rebound by freshman Rachel Bussanich and a made free throw by freshman Amelia Baldo put the Cards in front by two with 18 seconds remaining.

On Scranton's ensuing possession, Poindexter posted her fourth block of the game before Baldo grabbed the rebound and sealed the upset with another free throw with just five seconds left.

Catholic led for all but 46 seconds as Johnson hit a three-pointer with 8:31 left in the first quarter after the Royals scored the game's first points on a three-pointer by Emily Shurina.

The Cardinals held Scranton to their lowest point total in the first quarter this season. The previous low was nine in a 54-44 loss versus No. 9 George Fox on Dec. 28, 2019. The eight points is also the Royals' lowest point total in a quarter this year, equaling the mark they scored in the fourth quarter of a 74-48 win at Moravian on Wednesday.

Making her second-straight start, Bussanich finished with 10 points, on shy of her career high set against Anna Maria on November 10 and Salisbury on December 3. She also added four rebounds.

Baldo totaled six points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals while senior Megan Stafford had four points and six rebounds.

Catholic outscored Scranton 30-14 in points in the paint, including 12-0 in the opening quarter.

With the win, the Cardinals move into a tie for second place in the Landmark Conference standings with Susquehanna while the Royals fall into a three-way tie for fourth with Drew and Moravian.

On Wednesday, Catholic hosts first-place Elizabethtown who is currently unbeaten in conference play and defeated Scranton on the road on January 11, 78-70. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.